“We must… step aside and help bring our party and our country together,” says Pete Buttigieg
Pete Buttigieg, the first openly gay candidate for President of the United States, has announced that he is shutting down his campaign. Mayor Pete, as he is affectionately known, made the announcement Sunday night at a last minute gathering in South Bend, Indiana where he had served as that city’s mayor.
In the announcement, the former mayor said, “today is a moment of truth… the truth is the path has narrowed to a close, for our candidacy, if not for our cause. So we must recognize that at this point in the race the best way to keep faith with those goals and ideals is to step aside and help bring our party and our country together. So tonight, I am making the difficult decision to suspend my campaign for the presidency. We have a responsibility to concede the effect of remaining in this race any further. Our goal has always been to help unify Americans to defeat Donald Trump and to win the era for our values.”
Though his run was ultimately unsuccessful, it was historic. Aside from being the first openly gay man to launch a strong campaign for president, he was also the first gay candidate to earn primary delegates for a major party’s presidential nomination. Buttigieg had successes in Iowa and New Hampshire but couldn’t gain the confidence of voters of color, hurting him in Nevada and South Carolina.
“I know that as this campaign ends, there comes disappointment that we won’t continue,” Buttigieg said. “But I hope that everyone who has been part of this in any way knows that he campaign that you have built and the community that you have created is only the beginning of the change that we are going to make together.”